Nandankanan revives toy train, gets new guests


Bhubaneswar: The Nandankanan Zoological Park is all set to revive its much missed toy train. To attract more visitors, the park, in association with the Railway Ministry and Rail India and Economic Service (RIES) has planned to resume toy train services along with installation of CCTV camera at the premises.

Once a major attraction for tourists and mostly for the children, the toy train was running through outsourcing since August 2008 and had been non-functional since August 2014. A five day survey has been started from Wednesday on the rail system of the toy train.

With an estimated budget of Rs 3.05 crores, the park looks forward towards complete renovation of the service including reconstruction of the railway tracks in improvised way. Simultaneously, the authority has planned to install around 46 CCTV cameras by the end of  this December in its premises for improved security.

New Guests in the Zoo

After the recent addition of red billet and mayor billet parrot to the aviary of the zoo, it has welcomed another 10 mandarin ducks including five female and five male from a private farm here in the city for Rs 1 lakh. They have been kept in the enclosure number 76 in the zoo. The number of Mandarin ducks rose to 23 with the induction of 10 new ducks in the zoo.

Also, a deer fawn was born in the zoo on Wednesday belonging to the Sambar family, popularly known as Philippine deer. With the new member among them, the number of Sambars in the park rose to 22 including 12 of them staying in the Safari and 10 staying within the enclosure.

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